Ruger No. 1

LanceK

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Would I be setting myself up for a world of hurt and frustration if I got a ruger no 1 to hunt with? If I’m wanting to be able to hunt out to 400-500yds, I really like the guns, but I don’t want to set myself up for failure. I handload and I’m thinking 30-06 for a chambering.
 

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Would I be setting myself up for a world of hurt and frustration if I got a ruger no 1 to hunt with? If I’m wanting to be able to hunt out to 400-500yds, I really like the guns, but I don’t want to set myself up for failure. I handload and I’m thinking 30-06 for a chambering.
I like Ruger 1's and they make good custom builds too!
 

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My #1 in 338win is plenty accurate for 1/4 mile hunting, but it tends to sit in my safe while the big 7's and big 30's go play... I got a heck of a deal on it years back and had made three 1 shot kills in a row the year before so I thought "why not". I don't know if the rifle fits a bit different or I got buck fever but I missed a few easy shots and got a solid hit at 550 first year out with it; it hasn't been out since. My Browning 300win gets much of my time in the field, with some time going to my remmy 7stw and remmy 7rum semi customs...
 

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My parents gave me a Ruger No1 1B in 257 Roberts for my 21st birthday back in 81. I have shot three deer with it over the years.one of which was just shy of 300 yards and all of them only took one shot. 😀
 

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Had a Ruger 1 in 30-06 and it was a beautiful rifle but it was crap in the accuracy area. Finally got it to shoot after doing modifications suggested on Ruger forum. Eventually traded it. Would I do it again in 30-06? No way!
 

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I love the Ruger #1. Some of the mods mentioned by @wbm will help. If your building from scratch, find a smith that is familiar with them for best results. If you proceed, share your success with us!
 

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Like any factory rifle some are golden, some are not.

Too many folks think modifying one is sacrilege, but they can tricked out just like a bolt gun.

My .375 Winchester (#3) was great off the shelf. My .30-06 sucked until it was restocked (synthetic), a trigger job, a rail, and good optic.

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The higher comb makes it more "shootable" in my opinion, providing better cheek weld.

Yes, it's 400 yard capable.

Enjoy!
 

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I would say No, you wouldn’t be setting yourself up. I have two No. 1’s - a .204 Ruger and a 7mm Rem mag. Both are sometimes 1MOA, and the 7 mag took some Gunsmithing.
Fred Bear used to hunt with one arrow. I like that challenge. One can get off a second shot fairly quick. I would hunt with my 7 mag out to 300 under good conditions.
 

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Like any factory rifle some are golden, some are not.

Too many folks think modifying one is sacrilege, but they can tricked out just like a bolt gun.

My .375 Winchester (#3) was great off the shelf. My .30-06 sucked until it was restocked (synthetic), a trigger job, a rail, and good optic.

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The higher comb makes it more "shootable" in my opinion, providing better cheek weld.

Yes, it's 400 yard capable.

Enjoy!
Very nice! I could imagine that with a curly maple stock. I might have to consider......
 

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Accuracy... as stated above they can be tuned. If you’re a handloader you might not have to do any physical modifications at all.

My no.1 B 243 is bug hole accurate. I had a no.1 V in 25-06 and it took a little finesse to get it to shoot but it was all ammo not mods.
 

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The No. 1 most appropriate for long range is the 1B. Get one in 300 Win Mag or 300 Weatherby and you're good to go. You could also buy a 1 V and have it rebored to a long range cartridge. Even the Lyman Centennial 45-70 would work with a good rangefinder and exact knowledge of trajectory.
 

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Great question. I have also always like the idea of a N. 1. Set up for long range but have heard quite often that the way the stock is (two piece) it is not as accurate as most bolt action guns.
Any thoughts on that?
 

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